Bhullar fights back to finish T-31st, Harding wins Qatar Masters

The Indian carded four-under 68 and moved up to Tied-31st from overnight T-58th.

Published : Mar 10, 2019 23:16 IST , Doha

Gaganjeet Bhullar scored six birdies against two bogeys.
Gaganjeet Bhullar scored six birdies against two bogeys.

Gaganjeet Bhullar scored six birdies against two bogeys.

Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar fought back on the final day to card four-under 68 and move up to Tied-31st from overnight T-58th at Commercial Bank Qatar Masters here Sunday.

Bhullar, the only Indian to make the cut, scored six birdies against two bogeys, both of which came on the back nine on 14th and 17th holes.

Justin Harding birdied three of his last four holes to claim a first European Tour win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The South African arrived at Doha Golf Club without full playing privileges after finishing third on last season’s Asian Tour but now has his breakthrough in his 54th European Tour start.

Harding made three early birdies to share the lead but his chance looked to have gone as he made two bogeys and South Korea’s Jinho Choi signed for a brilliant 64 to set the clubhouse target at 11-under.

Birdies on the tenth and 12th put him back in contention and further gains on the 15th, 17th and 18th handed him a two shot lead at 13-under after a 66.

He faced a nervous wait as the final groups finished up but nobody could catch him, with countrymen Christiaan Bezuidenhout, George Coetzee and Erik van Rooyen, Spaniards Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira, Swede Anton Karlsson, Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera, England’s Oliver Wilson and Choi in a European Tour record nine way tie for second.

The victory is a fifth in nine months and four different countries worldwide for the 33-year-old Harding after he claimed back-to-back Sunshine Tour wins in May and repeated the feat on the Asian Tour in July.

“It feels good,” said Harding, who had two top fives and three further top 20s from eight events coming into this week.

“It was nerve wracking, especially coming off, it’s a situation I haven’t really been in. I didn’t enjoy it but it’s good fun, I’m glad it happened and now we move on.

“I get into the events that I’d like to be into again, the schedules change, I’m no longer having to pick and choose. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens going forward and playing in some bigger events.”

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